07 Apr 2017

Futurefarmers: Errata - Brief Interruptions at Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts

Reviewed by Heather Kapplow

With "Errata," Futurefarmers call out the ghosts in the machinery of modern industrial production, publishing, and Harvard itself.

In the lobby, despite the focus on materiality, the glitchery they’ve found feels so sterile that it may as well be digital. Books were manually amended, bricks clearly modified by hand, but the presentation feels, no pun intended, academic. On April 1st, though, a lively group performance dispelled this effect with a shamanic pounding of walls and rattling of windows. Bricks thundered and tinkled against one another in a pleasing cacophony.

In the Sert gallery, there is more tangible human presence. Objects and sketches are wrought finely enough to show the marks of the tools that made them.

A narrative about the Manhattan Project's inability to meet Oppenheimer’s simplest office needs ties several works together, and the 5-minute video, Casting Call (2014), drives home the point with gestures: outcomes cannot be predicted by intentions.

Exhibition Futurefarmers: Errata - Brief Interruptions link
Start date 09 Feb 2016
End date 16 Apr 2017 (13 days ago)
Presenter Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts link
Venue Harvard University, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA, USA map
Image Installation view, Futurefarmers: Errata - Brief Interruptions, courtesy of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
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